The next step in the financial evolution has welcomed the applications of immersive Augmented and virtual realities. AR and VR can transform traditional banking and financial services into staggering, visual experiences by developing a personalized, face-to-face virtual environment.
My market cap target for bitcoin is $2 Trillion, or $100,000 per bitcoin ever to be mined. This target is predicated on bitcoin growing its market share of store of value from 2% today to 17% by 2024 (assuming gold holds its current market cap of $12.5 trillion).
PayByCar has built a new, contactless method to pay for gas that does not require handling cash, cards, or tapping any apps. PayByCar’s partnership with the E-ZPass Group (24 tolling agencies across 18 states) allows vehicles to use their existing E-Zpass transponders and smartphones to serve as a form of identification at gas stations. Boston TechWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Kevin Condon to learn more about PayByCar and the opportunities to expand beyond gas payments to drive-thru food, curbside pick-up, commercial parking, and the rest of the in-vehicle economy.
Sitting at the intersection of investing and banking is Finch, a new checking platform that automatically invests your checking balance to earn returns on your funds. Account-holders can withdraw their funds at any time including the invested portion. Boston TechWatch caught up with Founder Neel Ganu to learn more about the genesis of the company’s future plans, imminent launch in the App Store, and recent round of funding from investors that include Mendoza Ventures, Barclays, Techstars Investors, and Draper Frontier.
I know DeFi is our Netscape moment because it’s scaling, rapidly. Just like Netscape’s browser did. The market is screaming that DeFi has found product-market fit. Total value locked in DeFi is up more than 4X in two months.a
It has been said that trust is the real flaw of the banking system. Inevitably counterparties must outsource their trust in each other to the bank as an intermediary, and with recent headlines, we can see that consumer confidence in banks is weakening.
Like most industries, accounting is beginning to embrace automation that allows team members to focus on high-value tasks; eliminating the time spent on repetitive and manual items. Botkeeper provides automated bookkeeping support to accounting firms and businesses using AI, machine learning, and vetted accountants. CEO and Cofounder Enrico Palmerino shares some insight into the company’s recent funding round from notable investors that include Point72 Ventures, Greycroft, High Alpha Capital, and Gradient Ventures and how the company’s solution allows businesses and accounting firms to reclaim time – the one commodity that none of us are getting back.
Blockchain makes banking and financial services more accessible. Anyone with a mobile phone can create a secure account. With recent data from the World Bank revealing 1.7 billion adults globally have no access to a bank account – but two-thirds of them own a mobile phone, blockchain can fill this void.
I grew up believing in American exceptionalism. That the U.S. was better than other nations. That’s what I was taught. When I looked around, that’s what I saw. But among many other lessons, Trump has taught me that the U.S. is a banana republic, just like most other/every other nation in the world. And that actually makes […]
Do you remember when MapQuest first hit the scene in the late 90s? It blew people’s minds that they could print out directions for getting anywhere they wanted to go. To be sure, making a map digital and interactive was a huge step forward, but it was a linear, incremental way of thinking. This fact […]